PEOPLE BEHIND THE PROCESS
The team at WaikatoLink have a variety of skills stemming from diverse backgrounds. From core staff and directors through to contractors and interns, it's the people behind the process that make things happen in commercialisation.
Mindy Wu joined WaikatoLink in October 2016 after seven years in the audit industry. She has worked in the manufacturing industry, utilising her auditor skills to implement internal controls. Mindy graduated with a BMS degree from the University of Waikato in 2008, and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants since 2011.
Dr. Nichola Harcourt
Nichola has a PhD in Biomedical Immunology as well as formal qualifications in herbal medicine, plant protection and physiology. Nichola recently completed a 3-year project which identified a novel anti-inflammatory compound in honey, and has a strong technical background in bioactive research. Nichola was recently identified as a key emerging scientist in the functional foods research platform with a MORST award (2010), adding to an impressive collection of awards including Senior Scholar in Biological Sciences at Auckland University (1994).
Frances Oliver joined WaikatoLink in September 2017 after seven years in the Disability Sector. Over the years Frances has worked in Audit, Business Advisory and at a turf care distribution company. Frances enjoys collaborating on projects with stakeholders to achieve the best outcome. Frances has been a member of Chartered Accountant Australia New Zealand since 1995.
Dr. Roslyn Murray
Roslyn has a Ph.D in Materials Technology from Waikato University, and is a registered Patent Attorney in both New Zealand and Australia. Roslyn oversees WaikatoLink’s Intellectual Property portfolio and liaises with internal and external stakeholders to both prosecute and maintain the portfolio. She also works closely with the Business Development Managers and University Researchers to help commercialise the innovations that come out of the University. Roslyn has been with Waikatolink for over two years, and prior to that worked for a high-tech start-up company before training to become a patent attorney at one of New Zealand’s leading IP firms.